Grandma Gatewood Memorial Trail (Buckeye Trail)
ElevationAscent: 440' 134 m
Descent: -540' -165 m
High: 1,080' 329 m
Low: 732' 223 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A series of gorge and rim trails with waterfalls and stunning rock formations, ranging from easy to challenging.”— Laura Priest
If you have time, from Old Man's Cave, continue southeast along the Buckeye Trail to another worthwhile destination, Cedar Falls, named for the misidentified hemlock trees which hang down over the rim. Going further south along the Buckeye Trail takes you to the massive amphitheater-shaped Ash Cave. It has a sandy floor and domed ceiling high overhead where waterfalls trickle or pour down from above. Nearby is a boulder field left behind by retreating glaciers. You can choose to run the Gorge Trail or the Rim Trail. Take care with small children as there are no railings along the edge.
These distinct destinations, along with the Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, and Conkle's Hollow, also in the Hocking Hills area, can all be reached by car and taken individually. The steep terrain of Grandma Gatewood, Cantwell Cliffs, and the Rock House trails are a good cardio workout. The easier runs at Conkle's Hollow, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls can accommodate most anyone.
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